Hanne Kolstø has always been an artist who makes her own choices, and with Fest Blikket she once again makes an unexpected one. But this isn't a daring thing to do for an artist like Hanne Kolstø. She's always had blind faith in her own musical expression, and she's landing firmly on her own feet this time as well. Fest Blikket served as her second full length album of 2016, but while she took apart her old songs and gave them an acoustic wrapping on Live at Tøyenkirken, she made a return to electronic music here.
This time, though, the lyrics are in Norwegian. Originally, Fest Blikket was recorded as an instrumental album, and initially she planned to release it like that. But, as she says: "I've always written small poems in Norwegian, but never really considered them for my songs. But, by creating my musical landscape first, it was as if my lyrics was set free. Instead of putting lyrics to melodies, I found melodies to the lyrics. That way, you might say everything's been turned upside down on this album."
On Fest Blikket, the pursuit of identity is a recurring theme, which incidentally always has been a theme in Hanne's music. "You could say this album's expression is much closer to me than the previous albums," she adds. And the Norwegian lyrics certainly bring a new dimension to Kolstø's material...she's finally come home.